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New leaflet on RSS available

Published 05 Nov 2015

A new leaflet on the Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) framework is now available on the SHARP website. The aim of the leaflet is to provide a simple overview for anyone who is using RSS or is interested in responsible sourcing from smallholders. It incorporates input from RSS field tests with SHARP regional focal points SNV, Rainforest Alliance and Proforest

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Licoes aprendidas no Brasil: Integrando RSS aos padroes de certificacao

Published 21 Oct 2015

A abordagem de Compras Responsáveis de Pequenos Produtores (RSS, na sigla em inglês) pode ser utilizada para os pequenos produtores melhorarem as práticas sustentáveis de agricultura em situações onde eles não podem arcar com os custos de uma certificação ou para mantê-los mais próximos dos níveis requisitados. A RSS pode também ser utilizada para apoiar os pequenos produtores a alcançarem os padrões específicos de certificação. A iniciativa SHARP está envolvida em um projeto no Brasil para testar como a RSS pode ser utilizada para implementação dos padrões de Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (Mesa Redonda sobre Biocombustíveis Sustentáveis, RSB) no contexto dos pequenos produtores de soja.

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Insight from Brazil: integrating RSS with certification standards

Published 21 Oct 2015

The Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) framework can be used by smallholders to improve farming practices in situations where they cannot afford certification or to bring their practices closer to the levels required. But RSS can also be used to help smallholders go through the process of reaching standards of a particular certification scheme. SHARP has been involved in a project in Brazil to test how RSS could be used for implementing standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) among small-scale soybean producers.

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Lessons from PES: pros and cons of smallholder incentives

Published 20 Oct 2015

Earlier this year, SHARP published a study of Payments for Ecosystem Services projects that involve smallholder farmers in tropical forested areas, based on a wide-ranging literature review by Helen Cross and Willie McGhee. We have now added to the SHARP website a directory of the 28 projects reviewed in the study, which we hope will be a useful resource. Click here to see the PES project directory. The SHARP secretariat also took the opportunity to contact a range of practitioners and researchers for their insights into smallholder-oriented PES projects. Here we report the results.

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Update on RSS trials in Sumatra

Published 30 Sep 2015

Field trials of the RSS (Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders) framework with oil-palm smallholders in Sumatra began earlier this year in March. The trials are already yielding tangible outcomes and useful lessons that will inform the refinement of the RSS framework for wider application in Indonesia and beyond. An early observation is the variation in capacity that can be found among contrasting types of producer organisation for implementing different phases of the framework.

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